Neighbors helping neighbors is the guiding theme behind this volunteer group. The goal of PNAction is to improve the quality of people's lives through community-based service projects. Those in need are helped through projects such as toiletry drives, yard work for elderly and disabled neighbors, meals for homeless women, and street cleanups.


Community building through volunteerism is an important mission of the PNA and you, too, can make a difference through Phinney Neighbors in Action. To participate, call LeAnne Chow at 206.783.2244 or email



2014 Back-to-School Donation Drive


Remember the first day of school? Shiny new shoes, clean notebook paper and a fresh box of crayons? You can help make going back to school easier for foster kids through Treehouse and other local kids in need at Whitman Middle School. The PNA is hosting a back to school drive for new supplies and clothing in September, and we need your help!


School Supplies (middle school)

  • flash drives

  • 3 ring binder with subject dividers (zip closure is helpful)

  • binder paper (both college- & wide-ruled)

  • quad-ruled composition books (graph paper)

  • 3x3 sticky notes

  • facial tissue

New School Clothes (ages 5 to 18)

  • new outfit from head-to-toe

  • jeans or pants (Colored skinny jeans for teen girls, dark wash jeans for teen boys)

  • long or short sleeved shirts (Graphic Tees…need smalls, and bigger sizes (L, XL, XXL)

  • hooded sweatshirts

  • warm coats

  • backpacks


Donations can be dropped off at the front desk of the Greenwood Senior Center or the Phinney Center Blue Building during the month of September. Thanks for your generosity!


Comfort & Joy


Bring Comfort and Joy to a Young Person in Need


Celebrate spring with the Phinney Neighbors in Action and our annual Comfort and Joy drive! The toys, books, and other donated items will be used for birthdays and other special occasions at the Broadview Emergency Shelter and make a big difference in the lives of the children.


Look for a colorful "Comfort and Joy" quilt in the lobby of the Phinney Neighborhood Center at 6532 Phinney Ave N. from mid-March until mid-April, where you will find a wide range of gift ideas (see wish list below). Unwrapped gifts are due back by Thursday, April 18. Please contact LeAnne at with any questions. Thank you!


Bouncer Seats
Bath Toys
Exercise Mats
Shampoo/Body Wash
Learning Toys
Similac Advanced Formula
Sensitive Formula
Safety Covers and Latches


TODDLERS: Ages 1-2
Disposable Diapers & Pull-ups (sizes 3-5)
Learning Toys
Dora, Diego, or Elmo Toys
Convertible Car Seats
Umbrella Strollers


Dress-Up Clothes
Remote-Control Vehicles
Car or Truck Playsets
Action Figures (non-violent)
Doll House People (multi-ethnic)
Baby Dolls (multi-ethnic)
Booster Car Seats
Card Games
Art Supplies (markers, sidewalk chalk)
Sticker Sets and Coloring Books
Toy Cash Register with Play Money
Duplo or Lego Building Kits

PRE-TEEN: Ages 10-12
Video Games (all systems)
Lego or K'nex Building Kits
Art Supplies (beading materials, drawing pencils and pads, fancy markers)


TEEN: Ages 13-18
CD Boom Boxes
Video Games for Wii or xbox360
GED Study Guides
Gift Card to Movie Theaters
Gift Card to Target, Ross, Fred Meyer, or
Barnes & Noble
Gift Card to Visa
MP3 players
Rechargeable Batteries



2012 Giving Tree


15th Annual Giving Tree


Please join us in spreading holiday cheer to those who need it most. This year's Phinney Neighbors in Action Giving Tree will benefit people served by Broadview Emergency Shelter, Dorothy Day House, Greenwood Food Bank, Whittier Kids, and Whitman Middle School. Look for displays at Greenwood Senior Center, Phinney Neighborhood Center, and this year also at Umpqua Bank at 7120 Greenwood Avenue N. Displays will go up just before Thanksgiving. Choose a tag, sign it out to pledge your gift, and return the gift, wrapped, to your pick up location by December 10. Questions? Contact LeAnne Chow at 206.783.2244 or email


2011 Giving Tree


We made a list and checked it twice...


And it turns out you are much more than nice!


The 18th annual Phinney Neighbors in Action Giving Tree was another awe-inspiring, shining light of hope during this dark time of year.


Skateboards, puzzles, basketballs, stuffed animals, warm clothes, and gift cards. Just a few examples of the 300-plus surprises you wrapped up and delivered for people in need served by our partnering agencies. More than the tangible gifts, the spirit of generosity and goodwill you shared were deeply touching to all of us.


Giving Tree

Many, many thanks to everyone who contributed to the Giving Tree!


Sincerely, on behalf of everyone at the PNA and

Broadview Emergency Shelter
Cate Apartments
Childhaven Therapeutic Childcare Program
Dorothy Day House
Greenwood Food Bank
Whitman Middle School


Happy holidays!


Phinney Neighbors In Action Provide Food For Women's Shelter


Phinney Neighbors in Action volunteers provide food for women who spend the night at a women's shelter hosted every weekend by a St. John Catholic Church in the neighborhood. These generous donor/volunteers often drop off fresh home-baked goodies, a group of children often decorates the brown paper sacks holding their breakfast donations, and a few musicians even stay a few minutes to perform while the women eat. We received this message from the church volunteer who chaperoned recently.


There was such an abundance last night: huge and varied snack (tomatoes from the garden were a hit), lovely breakfasts, beautiful lunches. The women were moved to make a thank you card. I'm always in awe of the food angels, because they're hugely generous and I rarely see them or thank them.




2011 Back-to-School Donation Drive


Wow! We are once again struck with the level of generosity in our community. Many thanks to everyone who recently donated school supplies and new clothes to students at Whitman Middle School and Treehouse. Both agencies received an abundance of supplies which will go a long way to helping students get off to a great start this school year. See a thank you note from Treehouse below. Thank you for sharing your resources with these children!


Thank you note from Treehouse: